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Overnight Fire In Seneca Destroys Old Motel

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The Seneca Area Fire Protection District was called out to a fire early this morning (May 24, 2018).  They arrived and found the old vacant Motel at Copeland's Corner fully engulfed in flames.  Fire crews said the structures to the west of it were being threatened.  The Seneca Fire Department, Redings Mill, Neosho and Wyandotte Fire Departments all responded to help put out the fire.  The Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff were also on scene. ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-24 Video included

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NEW JOPLIN COUNCIL MEMBER The Joplin City Council elects its newest member last night after the resignation of Joshua Bard.  The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to raise pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. K-9 DONATION Fur Ever Friends of K-9 Heroes on Wednesday presented a check for $1,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's office.  The money will go directly to... More>>

Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

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More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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Miami Establishes New Home Pool Ordinances Video included

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The Miami City Council passed an ordinance saying all residents with pools visible from the street, must have it blocked off, in order to prevent children from drowning. The actual home is considered as a side, otherwise the side by the street must be a six foot solid fence, and the rest can be a four foot chain fence. "The practicality of how we're intending to enforce it is for this first year, we're going to get people notice of what people need to do to make the... More>>

Joplin City Council Elects New Member Video included

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The Joplin City Council elected its newest member tonight after the resignation of Joshua Bard. The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to fix pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. He hopes city departments can keep employees as well as attract new ones with the fixed pay rates. "I was born here, I was raised here, I moved away for a couple years for college. So I'... More>>

After 40 Days In The Hospital, 7 Year Old Dawson Hirshey Is Home Video included

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     The road to recovery is still a long one for a little boy from Diamond, Missouri.      7-year old Dawson Hirshey was hit in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game last month in Joplin.      Today...was his first full day...home.

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Special Report: Heartland Boxing Gym Rebounds after Fire Video included

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We catch up with trainer Dallas Cook and his fighters three months after a fire destroyed their home gym.

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Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsburg Video included

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Police have requested aggravated battery and assault against a dependent man charges against the boy. 

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MO Sheriffs Can Soon Hire Out of State Officers Video included

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     Missouri lawmakers passed a change to an old law that could help local sheriff's departments when it comes to hiring.     It repeals a law in place since 1939 that banned them from hiring deputies from out of state. 

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Assault On Law Enforcement Case, 2nd Suspect Enters Plea Bargain

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The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ... More>>

Local Students Create Inspirational Video

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Well done 5th grade class at St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools in Pittsburg, KS! The students created a video challenging the larger community to make the world around them better than they found it.   The video was inspired by The Greatest Showman.  Joe Dockers directed it and Carol Anne Smock played piano. Again, very well done! 5th grade SME 2018

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Change to Missouri Law Could Help Sheriffs with Hiring

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Senate bill 652 passed in the Missouri legislature. It repeals sections of an old law that prevented sheriff's departments from hiring people from neighboring states. The change could help open the  pool of applicants for area sheriff's offices. We talk to Jasper county about the impact.  More>>

Fatal Crash In Barry County, MO

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Golden, Missouri man has died in a single-vehicle crash on May 22nd, 2018. The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. in Barry County, MO. According to the MSHP, 65-year-old Dale C. Shepard was driving on MO 86, about one mile west of Golden, when he drove off the road and hit several trees. Authorities say he died at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 42nd fatality accident for 2018. More>>

27th Annual Mike Watt Baseball Camp Scheduled for Next Week

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Watt has won 16 state championships as the head coach at Colgan and was named national coach of the year in 2016. 

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Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

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The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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Vetoed Legislation In Oklahoma Could Cause Sheriffs To Violate The State Constitution Video included

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     Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would've eliminated financial consequences to counties that don't report state inmates in their custody in a timely manor.      There's now a concern that veto would cause sheriffs to violate the state constitution.

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City of Duquesne Reflects on Growth Since Tornado

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"I think that the housing was a catalyst for a lot of new development.  The Joplin schools put a brand new middle school and elementary school."

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Joplin's Salvation Army Hopes to Regain Public's Trust, Seven Years After Tornado Video included

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"It's probably going to set them up for a better future."

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A Different Kind of Gaming Expo

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Tommye Blackcrow is a Lucky Star Casino general manager, who's always trying to stay on top of Oklahoma's evolving gaming landscape. And the the Northeastern Oklahoma Indigo Sky Expo, or N.O.I.S.E., is the perfect place to do that.

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Anti-Bullying Message From Former Pro Wrestler Urges Neosho Students to Make Good Choices Video included

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A school presentation urges Neosho students to make good choices.           It comes as area school districts are being directed by the State of Missouri Department of Education to come up with plans to prevent and react to teen suicides and often bullying can be a factor. 

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7 Years Ago: Remembering Lives Lost Video included

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Seven years ago today (May 22, 2018), Joplin and Duquesne were devastated by an EF-5 tornado. 161 lives were lost.  While many will never forget the devastation, many will also never forget the resilience that came from it. Families and friends visited Joplin's Cunningham Park today.  The park's layout and structures are designed to recognize the victims of the tornado and to provide a place for reflection.  People can also write messages in a guest book.

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Joplin Man Sentenced To Prison Time For Large-Scale Meth Conspiracy

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The Office of the U.S. Attorney Western District of Missouri says a Joplin man was sentenced today (May 22,2018) for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. 25-year-old Santiago Soto-Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 2, 2017, Soto-Garcia was found guilty at trial of one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, o...

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A Southeast Kansas Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

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The Kansas Office of the Attorney General says 37-year-old Dejay Lynn Schlegel pleaded guilty today in Wilson County District Court to several charges including murder. Schlegel was one of two people arrested in the death of 57-year-old Michael P. Elam, who was found dead inside his home after it burned down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into his home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, KS. In April of 2017, authorities arrested Schlegel and ...

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  • Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

    Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:35 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:35:10 GMT

    More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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    More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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  • Injection Wells Restricted In Area Of Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes

    Injection Wells Restricted In Area Of Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-05-24 04:25:40 GMT
         In the wake of a number of recent earthquakes, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma to reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations.     Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.     The directive issued Wednesday comes...More >>
         In the wake of a number of recent earthquakes, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma to reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations.     Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.     The directive issued Wednesday comes...More >>
  • Joplin: East 7th Street Construction

    Joplin: East 7th Street Construction

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:03:23 GMT
    Traffic delays can be expected for Joplin residents as construction is set to begin next week. The project will begin at 7:00 P.M. and go until 7:00 A.M. and will span three-miles from 7th and Range Line to Route 249. MoDOT will work to resurface the roads and add guardrails along parts of the road with one-lane of traffic during construction times. All lanes of traffic will be open during daytime hours. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone.More >>
    Traffic delays can be expected for Joplin residents as construction is set to begin next week. The project will begin at 7:00 P.M. and go until 7:00 A.M. and will span three-miles from 7th and Range Line to Route 249. MoDOT will work to resurface the roads and add guardrails along parts of the road with one-lane of traffic during construction times. All lanes of traffic will be open during daytime hours. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone.More >>
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  • Bucks' Brown decries 'police intimidation' during arrest

    Bucks' Brown decries 'police intimidation' during arrest

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:12:59 GMT
    (Milwaukee Police Department via AP). This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown as he talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun in a Walgreens park...(Milwaukee Police Department via AP). This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown as he talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun in a Walgreens park...
    Community groups in Milwaukee are criticizing police over newly released body-camera footage of Bucks player Sterling Brown's January arrest.More >>
    Community groups in Milwaukee are criticizing police over newly released body-camera footage of Bucks player Sterling Brown's January arrest.More >>
  • APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack

    APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:12:35 GMT
    (Gallatin County via AP, File). FILE - This Aug. 25, 2017 file booking photo provided by Gallatin County, Mont., shows U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., at the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, Mont. Executive Director Nancy Keenan is askin...(Gallatin County via AP, File). FILE - This Aug. 25, 2017 file booking photo provided by Gallatin County, Mont., shows U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., at the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, Mont. Executive Director Nancy Keenan is askin...
    The head of the Montana Democratic Party is asking for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied about his attack of a reporter last year.More >>
    The head of the Montana Democratic Party is asking for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied about his attack of a reporter last year.More >>
  • Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

    Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:06 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:06:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, shows Elizabeth Smart holding a photo of Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado during a news conference, in Sandy, Utah. According to the Deseret News, investigators confirmed Wednesday,...(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, shows Elizabeth Smart holding a photo of Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado during a news conference, in Sandy, Utah. According to the Deseret News, investigators confirmed Wednesday,...
    Utah police say they've found the body of a woman who disappeared on the way home from English class three years ago, shortly after she moved from Mexico.More >>
    Utah police say they've found the body of a woman who disappeared on the way home from English class three years ago, shortly after she moved from Mexico.More >>
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